Back to school is not what it used to be. Laptops have replaced three-ring binders; many back-breaking textbooks are now available as e-books; notes are written on digital screens; and schedules are tracked using smartphones. For this generation, the end of summer means it’s time to check out the latest tech to get the most of your school year, whether you’re heading back to elementary school or off to university.
A recent report by Price Waterhouse Coopers showed Canadians are ready for a digital education, one that incorporates tablets, laptops, smartphones and more. Over eighty per cent of us believe technology is a means to better prepare students for the future; with over three quarters of us seeing it as a tool to make education more engaging.
Access to the internet and use of a laptop, smartphone and tablet is already enhancing educational experiences, in and out of the classroom:
- As reported by the Toronto Star, almost sixty per cent of Ontario schools allow students to BYOD, or bring your own device. Students use tablets, laptops and cell phone for access to interactive lessons;
- Over 350 international universities use TopHat, a tool that turns student’s smartphones into educational tools. They can now connect directly with a professor to answer questions, take quizzes, and provide feedback right from their devices;
- Is there anything apps can’t do? Apps can help with understanding literature, scheduling your classroom/homework , developing basic math skills, organizing study notes, and exploring geography and;
- Fifty-five per cent of students report using online services to help them write their papers; eighty per cent use social networks to help them study.
To get ready for the classroom, check out rogers.com/devices to learn about the latest smartphones and tablets. Or if you’re off to college or university, learn about our budget-friendly internet and cable bundles to share with your roommates here.
Stay tuned for more back to school articles to help you gear up for the year!
How do you plan on using technology in the classroom?
Say it out loud with Facebook Messenger
Attention Windows Phone users! This week, as shared by Mobile Syrup, Facebook updated its Facebook Messenger app for Windows Phone with two of their most requested features. Firstly, the app now lets you record voice messages, so you can send a quick hello, vent about your day, or sing happy birthday to your fellow messenger users. The second update now allows for users to share emoticons – :). Learn more about the new features and download the app here.
Tell us, how are you using Facebook Messenger?
Getting to know the Nokia Lumia 635
Every once in a while there is a device that has me really talking and the Nokia Lumia 635 is no exception. To celebrate its availability with Rogers, this week we explored three ways users can personalize your Nokia Lumia 635. Check out our post to learn how to customize your Live Tiles, start screen, and more.
Care to share any further features or tips for fellow Nokia Lumia 635 users?
Oxford Dictionary Online says YOLO
This week Oxford Dictionary Online announced it has given the stamp of approval to many new words. As shared by Yahoo! News Canada, YOLO, cray and even bro hug have now been added to its online edition. As a tech nerd, I for one am most excited to see GIF, binge-watch, and subtweet getting the English language recognition they deserve.
Tell us, what words do you think should be added?
We discussed this in a very helpful thread on our Community Forums led by one of our resident experts. Simply take the following steps:
First, select Settings > System. From here scroll down until you see Power on Channel. Now simply select the channel you wish to set.
This can be done for each TV in your house, so your default channel can cater to the person who uses the TV the most. Sports fans can start their day with Sportsnet 360, while movie fans can start their evenings with TMN right from the start. No surfing required.Changing your default channel is short and sweet –just like this post.
Let us know. What will you set your default channel to?
Do you have questions about your Rogers products and services? Check out Rogers Community Forums,a place for in-depth support from over 260,000 peers and nine resident experts.
A great week for smartphone lovers
I love learning about the latest smartphones, exploring each device and testing out its new features. This week was particularly exciting for me, with the launch of two great smartphones at Rogers, the LG G3 and the Nokia Lumia 635. As highlighted in yesterday’s post, the LG G3 is ideal for those on the go, with a lightweight anti-scratch body, and brings your display to life with the industry’s leading HD resolution. The innovative device comes with a 13 megapixel camera, a Smart Keyboard and a battery that can last up to 21 hours.
Those looking for a more affordable option can check out the Nokia Lumia 635. The device comes with expandable storage, a Word Flow keyboard for fast typing and texting, while its Live Tiles provide real-time social, email and app updates right on your device background. When purchased with Rogers, you also get an exclusive bright and glossy green shell, so you can change up your colour if you’re feeling green.
Both devices enable Rogers LTE network, so you can upload, download, stream, surf, and watch mobile video with super-fast speeds. To learn more check out Rogers.com/devices.
Tell us, have you had a chance to check out the LG G3 or the Nokia Lumia 635?
Get your racquets out, because Rogers Cup begins today. This week we shared our tech talk with Milos Raonic, who is gearing up for Rogers Cup. Click here to watch our Data Guy chat with Milos to learn about his favourite apps, fan following, smartphone choice and more. There are many ways Rogers customers can see more of Milos, and get in on the tournament action, whether it be from the stands or from your smartphone, computer or tablet with Rogers Anyplace TV. Check out our post to learn more about how you can watch Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard on the Toronto and Montreal courts.
Who are you cheering for at this year Rogers Cup?
Geeking out with our Rogers Social Insider
We love hearing your feedback; we’re always looking to hear reviews from bloggers, our ambassadors, and of course our customers. Our Rogers Social Insider Aftab Husain, for example loves to review tech products and services on his YouTube channel, from smartphones, accessories, games and more. We encourage you to check out his posts from this month; he has published reviews for iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, providing insights about his hands-on experience with each iOS device. He also takes a quick look at the gaming experience on the Samsung GALAXY S5 and takes the Samsung GALAXY Gear 2 Neo for a run.
Tell us, do you prefer to read or watch reviews?
To quote Mobile Syrup, “The LG G3 is real, and it’s impressive.” Now available at Rogers, the LG G3 is a slick, user-friendly and innovative device, which continues to receive applause from tech influencers and consumers, alike. Noted as “LG’s best phone yet” by Engadget, here are the top reasons we think the LG G3 is making waves and why you should check it out:
The device, available with Rogers in metallic black, is ideal for those on the go. Designed with a high quality anti-scratch metallic body, the LG G3 is lightweight for ultimate portability and even has a rear-key that lets you easily use the device with one hand.
Record breaking display
The LG G3 boasts a 5.5-inch Quad HD touchscreen display with a leading resolution of 2560×1440. This means its display produces images that are 400 per cent sharper than traditional high definition smartphone displays! Say hello to incredible clarity and vibrant colours that will bring your mobile videos and pictures to life.
When taking a picture you don’t need to worry if your hand is steady. The 13 megapixel camera on the LG G3 has an Optical Image Stabilizer that reduces any blurring or shaking as you snap away. You will no longer miss out on capturing life’s little (and big) moments – like when birthday boy blows out his candles -since the LG G3 Laser Auto Focus takes sharp and clear pictures, even in the dark.
A very smart, Smart Keyboard
The LG Smart Keyboard lets you text, type an email, post on Facebook, and more with ease, speed and accuracy. The keyboard caters to you as you can compress and expand the keys depending on your typing preference. The LG G3 also predicts the words you’re about to type after learning your habits, even suggesting symbols or emojis to complement your sentence.
It keeps going and going and going….
With a removable battery that delivers longer usage time, the LG G3 can keep up with your busy lifestyle. The 3000 mAh battery gives you up to 21 hours of talk time so you won’t run out of juice.
Activate your LG G3 on the Rogers LTE network to take advantage of super-fast speeds so you can surf, share, stream with virtually no buffering or delays. With this speed you’ll have the ultimate video experience to catch sports highlights, your favourite TV show and more right from your LG G3 display.
The LG G3 is now available in stores and on Rogers.com for $179.99 on select two year Share Everything plans. For more information check out Rogers.com.
Tell us. What LG G3 feature has you talking?
Rogers Data Guy, Amit Bodalia recently sat down with Canadian tennis icon Milos Raonic. Fresh from Wimbledon and gearing up to impress at Rogers Cup, Raonic is now ranked sixth in the world. The 23 year-old talks tech: his favourite apps, Twitter love from fans, his device of choice and where you’ll find him browsing online. Check out the video here and find out below how you can experience the Rogers Cup tournament.
As a Rogers customer, here are some ways you can enjoy the tournament action:
- Rogers Ticket Offer: Rogers customers have an opportunity to save up to 50% on Rogers Cup on 2014 tickets.
- Rogers Anyplace TV: Download the app to live stream Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard on the Toronto and Montreal courts. It’s available on your computer, tablet, and smartphone. For more information check out www.RogersAnyplaceTV.com/Sports
- Redeem points for opening night tickets: Rogers First Rewards users can purchase tickets using their points for a pair of 300 level tickets for opening night on Monday August 4, 2014.
If you’re in the stands…
- Rogers Cup Mobile: If you are actually in the village, pull up Rogers Cup Mobile and stream games from both cities, while also discovering the behind-the-scenes scoop from your favourite players. Rogers customers can receive special offers and coupons for on-site products and services.
- Rogers First Rewards challenge: Test out your tennis skills on the promotions court in Toronto from August 2 until August 7, for a chance to win a pair of lower bowl tickets to the finals in Toronto. Plus, two participants of the Rogers First Rewards Challenge will be brought down on finals Sunday to compete for 500,000 First Rewards points!
- Rogers Connected Zone: Located in the heart of the village, check out the latest devices and innovative accessories, plus score some great deals.
Sportsnet is also getting in on the action, with exclusive Canadian coverage of the first three rounds and quarter-finals on Sportsnet TV and Sportsnet NOW,as well as post-match interviews, social media updates, and more on sportsnet.ca.Fans on the go can listen in to Sportsnet 590 The FAN (Toronto) and Sportsnet 960 The FAN (Calgary) for highlights and updates. Also check out the current issue of Sportsnet, available on newsstands, Next Issue and Apple Newsstand, thatbreaks down Raonic and Bouchard’s service speeds, and includes an interview with Milos Raonic.
Be sure to follow @RogersBuzz, @RogersCupTO and #TennisIsCanada for the latest updates. How will you be watching the Rogers Cup tournament?
33 minutes a day with Facebook
I am a huge Facebook user, especially on my smartphone and it seems I am not alone. As reported by Mobile Syrup, Facebook now has 341 million mobile-only monthly users globally. Shared by Huffington Post, a survey of American smartphone owners found that Facebook members checked the site an average of 14 times per day and spent nearly 33 minutes on it each day. The survey further revealed that Facebook was the third most popular activity online, followed behind by email and surfing the web.
How many minutes or even hours do you spend on Facebook each day?
A wonderful wearable
The capabilities of wearables continue to amaze me. This week, for example, we shared threeawesome features of the Gear 2 Neo. Check it out to learn how your Gear 2 Neo can easily become a remote on your wrist, a device tracker and even a heart monitor.
Can you share any more tips on how best to use the Gear 2 Neo?
News of Pinterest
Time to listen up all Pinterest users. As shared by Pinterest this week, now when you visit one of your favourite categories you’ll see a whole new selection of specialized interests. For example, I love decorating and interior design so I always check out the Home Décor category. I can now select more interests like pallets, master bedrooms, shabby chic décor and more. You can now also get Pins from other people who share that same interest delivered right to your home feed.
What is your favourite Pinterest category?